FORT WORTH — After months of looking for new office space, American Airlines announced it will build a new headquarters to the west side of Highway 360 on a 41-acre site adjacent to American’s Flight Academy and Training and Conference Center.
The world’s largest airline will break ground on the new facility in the spring and said it hopes to move in by the summer of 2018.
“This new headquarters location will provide the underpinnings for One Campus/One Team and will serve not only the 5,000 or so employees who work in the new buildings, but will also provide a meeting place for all 100,000 American Airlines team members,” said Elise Eberwein, American’s Executive Vice President of People and Communications, in a letter to employees on Thursday.
Doug Parker, American’s CEO, has always said the airline’s existing headquarters on Amon Carter Boulevard south of DFW Airport is both outdated and inefficient. The new facility will be two miles away from the old one.
Eberwein’s internal letter to employees on Thursday morning revealed the company’s plan to construct four buildings that will provide space for management offices and corporate and staff functions.
Construction will start with the demolition of the old Sabre Holdings headquarters building at the northwest corner of Trinity Boulevard and Highway 360.
“Our current headquarters is remote from the very people we are here to support,” read the letter to employees. “And while we can’t build a headquarters at every hub, or even at DFW Airport, we have a plan for American’s future that will help bridge the gap between our frontline team members and the employees who support them.”
The Fort Worth-based company said a remodel of the current headquarters would be too costly, which spurred the decision to build nearby.
“The buildings are almost 30 years old, facing the end of the life of a number of key building systems, and very expensive to maintain,” the letter read. “Our decision was made easy by the availability of the property adjacent to the existing west campus and the opportunity to combine our headquarters team members with our team members who serve our customers.”